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Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan dogs are descended from the most ancient and noble dog breeds ever to live among man. Developing in the most archaic of places, high in the Himalayan Mountains, the Tibetan Terrier evolved over thousands of years into its own unique and specific breed. The Tibetan Terrier has also been called: The Little People, The Luck Bringer, and Dhokhi Apso. The breed was developed as a herding dog as well as a companion pet to the monks living along the steep and treacherous Himalayan terrain. Affectionate and lively, the friendly Tibetan Terrier dog breed is somewhat reserved around strangers. A Tibetan Terrier’s bark is unique in the way it raises in pitch and volume as it continues to bark. They like to run and explore, and need daily exercise in a safe area. Tibetan Terriers are enthusiastic students who love working closely with their owner (in things such as agility, rally, and nose work) and performing jobs that contribute to the household. They seek companionship based on mutual cooperation, trust, and respect, they have great capacity for love and devotion to their people. Tibetan Terriers not exposed to other people and animals at a young age tend to be shy and reserved. Unfortunately, they do not like being left alone for extended amounts of time, they can develop separation anxiety, although they are not excessive barkers. The breed matures a bit slower than other dogs, therefore, patience is required during the puppy stage. When the breed matures, they are steadfast, intelligent and loyal. However, their intelligence and cleverness can lead them to be a little stubborn.

Read about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKUtility
Bred ForHerding / Companion
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginTibet
TemperamentLively, Loyal, Gentle
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededSmall
Height at Withers – FemalesSlightly smaller than male
Height at Withers – Males36 – 41 cm / 14 – 16 in
CoatLong, double coat
ColourVarious – see photos
Life Span12 – 15 years
  • They are not actually a ‘terrier’, but was dubbed that because of it’s terrier size.
  • The Tibetan name for the dog is “Tsang Apso” which is understood to mean shaggy/bearded dog coming out of the Tsang province.
  • They especially enjoys playing in the snow, their large, flat, snowshoe-like feet providing traction
  • Dr. A.R.H. Greig was the first European person to receive a Tibetan Terrier, in 1922 when she managed to perform a successful operation for one of her Tibetan patients. Later, she managed to get her hands on a second Tibetan Terrier, with the result that she soon started breeding Tibetan Terriers.
  • Tibetan Terriers can be very, very messy. This is because a lot of their owners like to leave them with long hair, which can pick up a lot of mud, snow, and who knows what else within a very short period of time!


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Tibetan Terriers.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


Enjoy this video about Tibetan Terriers, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Tibetan Terrier breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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